The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has signed a three year partnership with UK event organiser and publisher Petrospot to run its annual conventions.
The first convention takes place in Cancun, Mexico from 2-6 November 2015 and will look at opportunities centred around the Gulf of Mexico. The convention will not only cover regional bunkering issues, but also the wider picture of energy deregulation in Mexico and the impact and opportunities brought by the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Welcoming the partnership, IBIA Chairman Jens Maul Jorgensen said:
“I am delighted that Petrospot and IBIA will be working together again. We have collaborated in the past and now the time is right for us to build upon the IBIA conventions of past and expand our impact on the marine fuel industry.”
IBIA Chief Executive Peter Hall added:
“The partnership will allow IBIA to focus on its core business of providing services training and support to our members and provide leadership to the bunkering industry. IBIA will continue to direct the conventions’ content, whilst the Petrospot team will market and organise the event. The partnership will allow us to reach a greater audience than ever before.”
Llewellyn-Bankes-Hughes, Owner and Managing Director of Petrospot said:
“IBIA commands the industry’s goodwill and has worldwide recognition but is still something of a ‘sleeping giant’. This renewed partnership will build on that goodwill and recognition to help IBIA unleash its vast potential within the global shipping and bunkering markets.”
The Cancun convention will feature a flagship conference and a week of training, workshops and networking.
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has over 670 organisations and members worldwide, who make up all facets of the Marine Fuel supply chain, from the wellhead to the engine.
IBIA exists to provide an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the international bunker industry; to represent the industry in discussions and negotiations with national and international policy makers, legislators and other groups and bodies; to review, clarify, improve, develop and endorse where appropriate, industry methods, practices and documentation; to increase the professional understanding and competence of all who work in the industry; to provide services and facilities for members and others as the Board shall from time to time consider appropriate.
IBIA gained consultative status with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in November 2005 and is represented at all relevant meetings.
IBIA actively seeks to involve its members through its Annual Convention and regional forums by educating and motivating members to conclude on major issues and topics of the time, creating the “IBIA Position” to present to IMO and within the industry.
Oxfordshire-based Petrospot is a dynamic independent publishing, training and events organisation, focused on providing information resources for the transportation, energy and maritime industries.
It publishes Bunkerspot, a leading marine fuels industry magazine, and key reference books on bunkers, marine surveying, shipping law and related issues. It organises training courses, including the Oxford Bunker Course, An Introduction to Shipping and An Introduction to LNG Bunkering.
Petrospot also organises major international conferences, including Maritime Week Americas and Maritime Week Africa. The company has a joint venture with Shipping Innovation which created and organises London International Shipping Week, European Shipping Week and the International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit and Bunker Events which organises ARACON in Rotterdam and The Bunkering Symposium in Antwerp. Petrospot organised the IBIA Annual Convention from 2004-2009 in Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Monaco, Cape Town and Montreal.